Atlanta Rhythm Section Rocks SPGC

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Playing their hits like “So Into You,” “Champagne Jam,” “Imaginary Lover,” and “Doraville,” the Atlanta Rhythm Section rocked the final night of the 14th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference. The final night was sponsored, as always, by Syngenta and was so enjoyable that Congressman Frank Lucas and his wife stayed until the very end. Syngenta’s Lyle Stewart, pictured here with … Read More

Peanut Gift Shop Does Brisk Business

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Peanut families were loving the peanut belts, photo frames, wallets and flip flops on sale at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, thanks to the efforts of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “Through the years, the Georgia Peanut Commission has seen the farmers that really love the cotton belts, so we checked out the company that makes those and was able to … Read More

Keeping An Eye on Government Regulations

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Agriculture is fighting a constant battle to stay one step ahead of proposed regulations that keep making raising food more challenging. During the Saturday general session on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Washington, American Farm Bureau Director of Environment and Energy Policy Paul Schlegel talked with peanut growers about the ever growing crop of ugly government regulations. … Read More

Ag Technologies/Trimble Continue as Blog Sponsors

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Since it started in 2008, this Southern Peanut Growers Conference blog has been sponsored by Ag Technologies and Trimble. We sincerely appreciate their support in helping to provide both those in attendance and those unable to attend the conference with photos and audio interviews of the various participants. I spoke with Robbie Tabb and Christy Bryan, both with Ag Technologies, … Read More

Georgia High Yielders

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Each year at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, the University of Georgia Peanut Team recognizes high yielding growers in the state with the Georgia Peanut Achievement Awards, sponsored by BASF and Syngenta. This year’s overall high yield award for the state went to John Gaines and Ricky Dowdy of Baker County with 7267 pounds per acre on 304 acres, which … Read More

BASF Proud to Support Peanut Growers

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BASF has been a proud supporter of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference since the beginning 14 years ago. The company, which makes products for peanut growers like Headline fungicide, sponsors the luncheon and speaker for the event as well as providing other support for this very important group of farmers. “Making our customer more successful really is what we do,” … Read More

State Peanut Group Updates

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We already heard from Don Koehler about the conference and what is going on with the Georgia Peanut Commission, now we’ll hear from the other three states that are a part of the Southern Peanut Growers. Alabama Peanut Producers Executive Director Randy Griggs is very pleased with this year’s record attendance and sponsors, as well as a fantastic program. “It … Read More

Speaker Says Consumers are From Venus

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“Consumers are from Venus, Farmers are from Mars” was the title of the talk by luncheon speaker Charlie Arnot with the Center for Food Integrity, sponsored by BASF at the SPGC. “There’s a huge disconnect between what consumers think and what farmers think about what’s going on in agriculture,” Arnot said. “We simply aren’t speaking the same language.” Arnot told … Read More

Research Update at SPGC

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Researchers from universities in the southern peanut growing region presented updates on the latest R&D to help farmers fight pests and disease and increase production. Agronomist Dr. Scott Tubbs with the University of Georgia talked about the role of peanuts in a cropping system, including the interesting history of how the peanut came to be a commercially produced crop, which … Read More